A little city in South east Kansas, the birthplace of 2 famous actresses

Yes, somewhere over the state line, in the South eastern corner of Kansas, sits a little city called Cherryvale, I have mentioned it once or twice before in blogs, as the birthplace of Vivian Vance, as well as a young lady named Mary Louise Brooks.

Yesterday, I got there, so glad.

Now, this isnt a big city, total population of just over 2,200 people, but for me, it was one of those places I so wanted to visit, but getting there is a challenge for non drivers, unless you have a special friend like Kate to drive you there.

We got to Cherryvale shortly after 1.00, and I rang Tina, my local contact there, to let her know we’d arrived. She was one block or so away, and very soon a car pulled up, and we met up. What followed was a wonderful guided tour of Cherryvale, showing us all the landmarks, relating to Brooks, Vance, and general Cherryvale life, both past and present.

A picture of the first home Louise Brooks lived in

Louise Brooks 1st home in Cherryvale

Her second home

Louise Brooks 2nd home in Cherryvale

Then, while we waited for the Museum to be opened (just for us, I might add), we were taken up to the nearby ‘Big Lake’ to admire the view, and for me to get my picture taken

Me, at the lake, Cherryvale

After that, back into town, and while Kate settled into businesswoman mode, I took a tour of the museum. Lots of Vance, plenty of Brooks, and far more relating to life in, and around Cherryvale. We even managed to find some pictures of Jean in the old magazines of the 20’s and 30’s too!

Last, but not least, an ‘I was there’ photo, outside of the museum

Me, at the museum, Cherryvale

Yes, the lady in the background, in green, is Kate, my heroine for getting me there!

Finally, just before 3.30 we headed out of town, realistically my one, and only visit in my life to Cherryvale, but I got there. I know Louise would probably just say “so what?” or something along those lines, but I’m so glad I did it.

Finally, huge thanks to Tina for all she did for us, and thanks also to the lady who guided me around the museum, whose name I cant remember. Cherryvale, thanks for such a wonderful day.

Under the circumstances, there were only 2 video options. Given this is probably the ultimate Kansas song, and all that…No, not the Garland version, but Eva Cassidy, a version that I personally far prefer

Fields Of Dreams

Yes, I know, it hardly seems yesterday that San Francisco beat Detroit in the World Series, but its nearly baseball season time again! 12 days from now, we start with an all Texas, American League deby match, though given the actual distance between Houston and Dallas, I’m not if it truly counts as a local derby or not? Given the size of the US, my vote is yes. Funnily enough, its the first time this has happened, as due to the realignment over the winter, Houston is now in the American league west, instead of the National league central.

The biggest difference this will make all season long, is in inter league play. Up to now, the NL was 16 teams strong, the AL had 14 teams, and beyond a few wild weeks spread through the season, they never met, until the World Series. Most rules are the same, its just the AL dont ask their pitchers to bat (rarely a pretty sight), and use a designated hitter instead. The NL however insists on the pitcher batting, which rarely amounts to much! I cant find any other differences to be honest, so that may well be it?

But this year, with 15 teams in each league, these inter conference games will go on throughout the year. The ruling is, in AL stadiums, you play by their rules, and the same in the NL, playing by their rules. It will probably be chaos at times lol!

This year again, I wont see an MLB game live, this year I know that before I go. I will see plenty (hopefully) on ESPN America over here, and maybe 1 or 2 in the US, but that will be it. But, weather permitting, I will see a baseball game live, though one level down, in Rochester next month. The one thing I’ve really noticed, the prices! Seriously, I’ve generally paid $20-25 for one of the lower grade seats (all said though, still with a decent view) in an MLB stadium, the premium seats at Rochester are just $12! I know, its not the big names, but even so…I just hope they arent rained, or even snowed off, but that seems my only concern. Hey, at those prices, I could go twice! Oh, that is all the homes games I could go to, they are away the rest of the time I’m there.

The video, well I could do ‘Take me out to the ballpark’, but I’ve done it before. So lets pick a song that at least has ‘fields of’ in the title, and sung by a wonderful singer, not truly recognised until after her death sadly, and even then, more over here than in her native US. So for those of you who have never heard of the late Eva Cassidy, listen and learn.